Pistol favored by those who fired the first shot at Lexington

Black Watch Scottish Metal Frame Flintlock Pistol

Fairfax, Virginia - Antique pistols were made for more than operational purposes. The special ones, those that found their way to the higher echelons in society, had a unique look as well. Such is the case for this week's subject of Curator's Corner - a Black Watch Scottish Metal Frame Flintlock Pistol.

"This is a gun that was very popular during the 18th century," explained NRA Museums Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "It's a British, all metal black watch Scottish Pistol.

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What questions to ask and what to look for when purchasing your first firearm

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

My man B. Gil Horman traverses the tips of the Rockies with tips for the first time gun owner ...

Defensive Gun Options for New Shooters

Recently, one of my best friends called to ask if I would help him choose a defensive handgun. Now, we’ve been friends for years, and more than once I have brought up the topic of defensive firearms to no avail. He had no interest in owning a gun. So, needless to say, I was surprised to get this call.

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9mm pistol for the last day of NRA's National Police Shooting Championship

A Springfield XD Sub-Compact at NRA's NSPC in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico - The first firearm Doug Peoble wrapped his fingers around was a .22 Chipmunk rifle. Tiny fingers you'd expect given that he was all of 3 years old. A gift from dad, he used the .22 to knock down turkey, pig, chicken and ram targets his father crafted out of steel. Back then he barely thought about pistols.

"I was a kid and didn't have much use for them - the rifles were more fun."

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Mark IV .38 caliber Webley & Scott sings across the NRA News screen

War finish stamp on a Webley & Scott Mark IV .38 Revolver

Fairfax, Virginia - The last few weeks have been a little crazy around NRA Headquarters. After a week in Vegas for the 2015 SHOT Show and we headed up to Pennsylvania for the Great American Outdoor Show. Hence the delay in our Curator’s Corner updates … but that’s about to change.

First item on the agenda is to catch up with a real looker - last week’s episode on the Webley & Scott Mark IV .38 Revolver.

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New intense competition with all firearms and ammunition provided set for September 24-26, 2015

The Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia – The National Rifle Association announces the NRA World Shooting Championship Presented by Magpul, will be held September 24 – 26, 2015 at Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The elite event, crowning of the “Undisputed World Shooting Champion,” will feature a prize table and cash awards of more than $250,000.

The NRA World Shooting Championship tests a shooter’s skill set across twelve stages, covering disciplines from virtually every major shooting sport including pistol, rifle, shotgun, and multi gun. Pro, Amateur, and Junior divisions will draw a crowd of the world’s top shooters, casual competitors, and the next generation of competitive shooters.

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Outstanding shooter and student? Apply for this year's prestigious SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team

2015 SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team

Fairfax, Virginia - The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and National Rifle Association invites all outstanding 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program athletes to apply for this year's SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team.

Recognizing the achievements in both the the classroom and marksmanship, being selected for the SSSF/NRA All-Scholastic Team is an honor for any shooter.

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A Superbowl Sunday two-fer from the galleries of the National Firearms Museum

Smith & Wesson Victory Model 10 revolver at the NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - Preparations for last month’s SHOT Show and this month’s Great American Outdoor Show meant a few items fell on the back burner. Not to be forgotten mind you, just to be saved for a rainy day. Or, as is the case of this Super Bowl Sunday’s Curator’s Corner, a snowy one.

So what do we have for you today? A quick look at two of NRA Museum Senior Curator Philip Schreier’s favorites … a Smith & Wesson Victory Model 10 and a Heckler & Koch P7.

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Steel Challenge champ breaks down her firearm choices at the 2015 SHOT Show

GLOCK's Tori Nonaka signing autographs at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - Tori Nonaka. You know who I'm talking about. Whether sporting the usual brunette braids or her purple frenzy of fire you can be sure that she's still going to tear it up when it comes to trigger time.

Always a popular figure when her turn at the celebrity appearance table comes due, she's been a force on the firing line for more years than seems probable ... or fair.

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Beretta celebrates M9 pistol's 30th anniversary with style

Engraved Beretta 92FS at SHOT Show

Las Vegas, Nevada - In 1985, the United States Armed Forces adopted a new service pistol. They chose Beretta's M9 design chambered in 9mm. Though smaller in caliber than the previous standard of a 1911 chambered in .45 ACP, the gun boasted a larger magazine capacity - 15 rounds instead of seven. Thirty years later, more than 600,000 M9 pistols have been delivered to the military; collectively, those firearms have fired more than 30 million rounds of ammunition.

In one test session under Army supervision, 12 M9's were randomly pulled from the production line and fired a total of 168,000 rounds without a single malfunction. The average M9 will fire 22,500 rounds without a stoppage. Having proven the reliability of the firearm, Beretta is celebrating the military's decision to use their design with some very unique engraved pistols.

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